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School zone accidents in Atlanta are unfortunately common, despite regulatory efforts having been made to prevent and minimize the occurrence of such accidents.  Strict traffic rules — if poorly enforced and adhered to — do not necessarily give rise to driver and pedestrian behaviors that maximize safety.  According to data compiled by the Transportation Research Board, more than 100 schoolchildren are fatally injured while commuting to school, and roughly 25,000 are injured.

Negligence Per Se

Georgia applies the doctrine of negligence per se in circumstances where it is clear that the driver has violated some statute, regulation, or traffic rule that is intended to prevent the sort of negligent conduct that the driver engaged in, and that caused the injuries at-issue.  The application of negligence per se can make it easier for you — the plaintiff — to sue and recover for your claims, as you no longer have to prove negligence.  You will simply have to show how the driver’s failure to adhere to a particular traffic rule caused you to suffer injuries.

Comparative Fault Issues

School zone liability in the Atlanta area and elsewhere throughout the state can be a complicated mess, as schoolchildren (and other pedestrians) are not necessarily without fault.  According to experts, children and teens in school zones frequently engage in behaviors that contribute to accidents.  These behaviors include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Distracted walking
  • Use of cell phone while traveling through school zone
  • Unsafe street crossing
  • Unsafe drop-off and pick-up behavior in school zones

Georgia is a modified comparative fault state, so even if you are partially liable for your own injuries, you are not necessarily prevented from recovering damages — so long as you are not 50 percent or more at-fault.

Potential Third-Party Liability

Public entities may be held liable for certain failures, which include:

  • Failure to implement safe crosswalks
  • Failure to set safe speed limits
  • Failure to establish visible signs and traffic lights
  • Failure to enforce traffic rules in school zones
  • Failure to hire competent traffic personnel
  • Failure to notify students and parents as to dangerous hazards of property in the school zone
  • Failure to implement safe drop-off and pick-up policies

Schedule a Free Consultation With Atlanta School Zone Accident Lawyer James Ponton

School zone accident litigation can sometimes involve a range of unique factors that make them quite different than other motor vehicle accident litigation.  As such, it’s particularly important in school zone accident cases to consult with an attorney who has diverse experiences and a record of success in obtaining favorable results for their clients.  Attorneys with demonstrated success in a range of litigation are better equipped to handle the dynamic and challenging issues that frequently crop-up in school zone accident lawsuits.

Attorney James Ponton has represented injured clients for nearly a decade, and previously worked as insurance defense counsel.  This dual-experience has prepared Attorney Ponton to more effectively represented his injured clients, as he is aware of and capable of countering the strategies typically employed by opposing counsel.

Call (404) 418-8507 to setup a free consultation with an experienced Atlanta school zone accident lawyer here at Ponton Law.

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